Established in 1979 through an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan, The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is dedicated to the study of Islamic architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, and conservation. It prepares students for careers in research, design, and teaching and aims to enhance the understanding of Islamic architecture and urbanism in light of contemporary issues and to increase the visibility of Islamic cultural heritage in the modern world.


Fall 2014
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Lecture Series & Events

November 3
What Constitutes Excellence in Islamic Geometric Design?
Historical and Contemporary Best Practice

Eric Broug
Author and educator, UK
Abstract & Bio

Special Workshop
Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 am -1:00 pm in MIT room E25-117

A Practical Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design Workshop
Eric Broug
Author and educator, UK
Abstract & Bio
Using only a pencil, a straight edge, and a pair of compasses, learn how to make patterns using the same techniques used by craftsmen for centuries. Learn how they used polygonal grids to design and scale their compositions.
We will be making two patterns: one from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, another from the Al-Mustansariyya madrasa in Baghdad.

November 17
Conflict, Convivencia, and the Life of Buildings
Michele Lamprakos
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland-College Park
Abstract & Bio

Unless otherwise indicated, lectures are
on Mondays at 6:00 pm in MIT room 3-133.
Free and open to the public

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